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Bur­lesque be­gan in 19th-cen­tury Bri­tish mu­sic halls

It has its roots in cir­cus sideshows and vaudeville

In Europe it was con­sid­ered a form of the­atri­cal satire, while in Amer­ica it was known as striptease

Bur­lesque was par­tic­u­larly pop­u­lar in Ber­lin in the 1920s and 1930s

1930s child star Gypsy Rose Lee is con­sid­ered the big­gest star of the bur­lesque world

By the 1930s, some strip­pers could com­mand salaries of $1,000 or more a week

One of the big­gest stars of bur­lesque to­day is Dita Von Teese, who charges $50,000 for a five-minute per­for­mance

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